Nahima's (5 years old) newest thing is talking to her friend "a Duende" on her toy cel phone. He lives in the pila in their backyard. Lorena wanted her to talk to him last night but Nahima says only during the day. She is afraid when it's dark. Lots of different fotos on the Internet so above is just one.
A duende is a fairy or goblin-like mythological creature from Iberian, South American , Chammorro and Filipino folklore. Duendes may also have some traits similar to goblins and kobolds.
The word is often considered to be the Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of the English word "sprite" and is used as an umbrella term for any fairy-like being such as goblins, pixies and elves. The Spanish term originated as a contraction of the phrase dueño de casa or duen de casa, "possessor of a house," and was originally conceptualized as a mischievous spirit inhabiting a house.